State pensions are the largest item in the UK social security budget. It is estimated to cost £91.6 billion in 2016/17, with 12.9 million recipients paid an average of £7,100 each. Enormous wealth is also managed by the trustees of occupational pension schemes on behalf of members to whom distributions are eventually made as a form of deferred remuneration for their work.
In 2015, 33.5 million people were members of such schemes in the UK. The social and economic impact of pensions law is therefore huge, and the development of this area of law is relevant to all of us as private citizens. In legal practice, social security and pensions law are areas that have become increasingly specialised, with many solicitors and barristers making these their exclusive practice areas.
This year’s W G Hart legal workshop, organised by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, (IALS) Slaughter and May, and the UCL Faculty of Laws, is particularly timely in the light of recent developments in law, policy and practice. It will bring together academics and practitioners with an expertise and interest in the area to exchange ideas, discuss issues of topical concern, and stimulate the development of new academic literature and research agendas.
See the full programme, speaker abstracts and biographies on the UCL Laws website.
Full conference with dinner
• Standard fee = £195
• Academic / public sector fee: £110
• Other student (non-UCL): £70
Two-day conference only
• Standard fee = £150
• Academic / public sector fee: £65
• Other student (non-UCL): £25
One-day conference only
• Standard fee = £100
• Academic / public sector fee: £40
• Other student (non-UCL): £15
Date: 20 – 21 June, 9.30am–3.45pm
Who: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Where: UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H 0EG